Note to all actors, especially A-list celebrities: Casting directors are not afraid to divulge all of your weird rituals during auditions. In the case of Beyonce, the Dream Girls star didn’t even have to audition to get a bit of gossip about her part or lack thereof in the casting for Disney’s The Princess And The Frog.
A former Disney casting director, Jen Rudin, has a book coming out in December called “Confessions of a Casting Director.” In Rudin’s book one is promised to find the strangest celebrity requests alive which Rudin documented over her time working at Walt Disney.
However it’s a bit about Beyonce that’s grabbing all the right headlines for the casting director’s book. Rudin was involved in the casting for The Princess and the Frog. The Disney film broke barriers for African-American actresses as it was the first time Disney ever presented a look at the first African-American princess. That said, finding the right person for the part was said to be extremely tough.
Although Beyonce didn’t audition for the part, Rudin explained that she still expected to be called upon. This isn’t too surprising as Beyonce is one of the most well-known African-American entertainers of this generation. The idea that she would play Disney’s first African-American princess isn’t completely out of turn.
Rudin elaborated to PageSix about Beyonce’s expectations concerning The Princess and the Frog:
“Beyoncé expected an offer, but wouldn’t audition and so she didn’t get one. Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson wanted it. Alicia Keys auditioned three times. They had to sing, so we made it clear they needed sheet music. Tyra came in with a CD, but it didn’t matter because she was so pretty and nice. It went to Anika Noni Rose, who was the most qualified.”
Let’s just call this an act of proper book promotion.